BECA represents a meaningful step in connecting and elevating Black CMOs so they can have outsized positive impact—helping their organizations and the business world become a more inclusive and equitable force for good.

Lauren Kelly

Founding Member CMO, ThoughtExchange

Lauren Kelly is the CMO of ThoughtExchange, the only Enterprise Discussion Management platform powered by patented anti-bias technology. Modern leaders use ThoughtExchange to quickly gain critical insights, improve strategic decision-making, and unlock performance across complex, matrix organizations. Lauren leads both product management and innovation and end-to-end marketing for ThoughtExchange, which creates a powerful connection across the entire customer value chain.

Lauren has over 20 years’ experience successfully launching new, innovative platforms and repositioning established businesses for sustainable growth. A pioneering business executive and digital marketing expert, she helps companies across industries thrive in an uncertain landscape.

Lauren was previously SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Irvine Company, where she repositioned the company’s 50 million square foot workplace portfolio to meet evolving Millennial workforce needs through industry-leading digital marketing and new product and experience innovation. Irvine Company is a privately held, multi-billion dollar enterprise and California’s largest private land owner and developer.

She also led commercial strategy for two Fortune 50 companies: Dell, representing nearly $60B in global revenue, and PepsiCo Americas Foods, a $22B division of PepsiCo. Prior to her CMO and corporate strategy responsibilities, she held progressively increasing Marketing and P&L ownership roles at PepsiCo, including two $1 billion+ portfolios. Lauren began her career as a marketing strategy consultant for Monitor-Deloitte.

In addition to her commitment as a Founding Member of the Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA), Lauren is Lead Brand Advisor for the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County, a CEO-driven organization committed to accelerating sustainable and inclusive economic development. She serves on the Internet Marketing Association advisory board and is a member of The Executive Leadership Council.

Lauren holds a BA and an MBA from Harvard University. In 2020, she was honored as a Top 50 Diverse Leader by California Diversity Council and the Internet Marketing Association’s CMO of the Year.

In the Press

Lauren Kelly

AiThority Article: Interview with Lauren Kelly, CMO at ThoughtExchange